My son only eats puree!

Candise - posted on 03/25/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My son was born on May 26. He is breastfed and eats cereal and pureed baby foods, but gags and throws up on anything semi solid. He loves crackers but still can't eat one all by himself. I have to admit that I'm nervous about him choking on the cracker because he tries to shove the whole thing in his mouth. Is he behind or am I worrying too soon? Is anyone else having these problems. I could definetly use some advice as I'm a first time mommy.

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Melanie - posted on 03/27/2010

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i found that my son LOVED the baby yum yum rusks... they are rice based and litterally melt in their mouth. I tried it first just to see what he would taste. He didnt seem to mind the bland flavour.

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I feel like i wrote the question you just asked. Cause i feel exactly the same way. I feel like my daughter is behind in eating also. And it's my fault, i am sooo afraid of her choking, i only let her have certain foods. I have started to give her more solid foods and she has gotten better at eating them. I tried gerber's puffs for her 1st solid food. They kind of melt in your mouth. I try everything my daughter eats before she eats it to see what it is like. I think it's great that you asked for help, thats a sign of a great mother :)

Caz - posted on 03/27/2010

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my daughter was born on 7th May and she the same love the pureed food but more chunky food she seems to have troble and i too worry about choking, my first child now 18 eat rely well and love the chuncky food. I am trying all dieffent thing with this one like finger food witch she some time eats outher time just throws on the floor, all i can say it to try dreffent thing, they all get there in the end try not to worry too much, my daughter is more interested in the food on my plate most of the time so i try to get her some off mine to try, I know it's furstrating when they won't eat or have troble eating some thing as long as they are getting the brest or bottle milk they will get there in the end with the eating

Melanie - posted on 03/26/2010

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My son was born on the 7th May and has been on solids since he was 7 months old. I started introducing the baby cereal, then gradually I introuduced the more solid food. He is now pretty much eating what we do.

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I hate to pull the "doctor" card but seriously, kids gag on new textures. The key is to let them try. Crackers in small enough pieces, if they go down the wrong tube will not block the airway. Same goes for rice etc. I worry about choking too but my son eats everything and only has two teeth. He will choke once in awhile also. If you are really nervous about choking I would recommend becoming certified in infant CPR/ first aid.

Bonnie - posted on 03/26/2010

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I too am having the same problem, so no your not alone.... I am glad to hear my baby's not the only one. just keep trying they'll get it.

Sara - posted on 03/26/2010

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I say try a variety. You never know what he'll try until you offer it. With my first, I was pretty scared and limited what I offered him, he is now three and a pretty picky eater. Now with my second, born May 28, I offer her anything she seems to be interested in. You will have to break up crackers and such (it's an age/stage thing) She is already a much more adventurous eater.

Ashleigh - posted on 03/26/2010

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My daughter was born May 21, 09. She won't let me feed her so I was forced to start giving her finger foods. Every time I try to feed her purees, she smacks the spoon away. We started her with the gerber puffs. There a perfect size and they dissolve quickly so there is no worry about choking. She started eating these when she was about 6 or 7 months and now she will eat pretty much anything if it is broken up small enough. At first I started giving her these while I was feeding her the puree, and eventually, she didn't want the puree anymore. Something to try maybe, good luck!

Harmoni - posted on 03/26/2010

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My daughter born on May 7th is pretty good at eating solids but still really likes baby food. My dr said that they don't really need food right now-breast milk or formula is the main thing. Baby food just helps them sleep through the night. Good luck! Have you tried the stage 3 baby food where there are just little chunks?? Maybe start there??

Linda - posted on 03/26/2010

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Hi Candise, my daughter was born May 21st and is still not loving the semi solids.
In her cereal I would add some sliced up bananas and I've also given her toast in little pieces, but I think she's just swallowing them and not attempting to chew.
She does eat baby pastina, but again, swallows not chews.
I've also mashed up avacado pieces and mixed it with puree pear this way she has a little texture in her meal.
I've even tried putting things on her tray so she self feeds, but nope she wants me to put it in her mouth for her. The only thing she self feeds on is MumMums.
Every child is different so dont I wouldnt worry too much about it.
All the best and good luck.

Donna - posted on 03/26/2010

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Hi there my son is the same he was born on 28th may and is still at the gagging stage of tryin to get him to eat my health visitor said not to worry he will eventually get over that stage I'm also nervious about him chocking as I have a fear myself x

Sarah - posted on 03/26/2010

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Hey there Candise, I found that my son would gag on "solid" foods for quite a while. I would give him cheerios but he wouldn't take anything else for quite some time. Then all the of the sudden something switched and he wanted the more solid type foods. I think your son will let you know when he is ready. Don't give up! Just keep trying and when he is ready he will start eating the other things!

Ricky - posted on 03/25/2010

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mix a little mashed food into his puree or cereal. slowly increase the amount of mashed food into his purees as he gets used of it. He is gagging because he is not used of the texture, so you need to slowly introduce him to it. For crackers try "Mum Mums baby rusks" they melt in the mouth so there isnt too much worrying about choking.

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